NYC U.S. Attorney Takes Over Cuomo’s Abandoned Corruption Probes

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U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in New York City condemned New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to shut down a commission examining public corruption and said his office would take over its investigations, reports the Wall Street Journal. Bharara’s move jolted Albany’s political establishment and represented a rare rebuke for Cuomo, a Democrat who launched the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption in July. The commission was charged with rooting out corruption in the Capitol and recommending ethics reforms, but Cuomo disbanded it in a deal last month with lawmakers to create new corruption laws. “Nine months may be the proper and natural gestation period for a child, but in our experience not the amount of time necessary for a public corruption prosecution to mature,” Bharara told WNYC. The Moreland Commission that Cuomo dissolved had begun several investigations, issuing subpoenas into state lawmakers’ use of campaign funds, their outside employment and their allocation of state grants to nonprofits. Trucks from the U.S. attorney’s office picked up investigative files from the commission yesterday.

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